President Trump Plans To Donate Plasma To Help COVID-19 Patients

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"President Trump Returns to the White House" (public domain) by The White House

After battling coronavirus, President Trump said that he plans to donate plasma.

During his first on-camera interview since testing positive for coronavirus, President Trump stated that he has plans to donate plasma.

During a remote interview from the White House by Fox News, the President was asked about donating plasma, which he answered with, “I will. Nobody’s asked me that question, actually, but I will. If that’s, if they want me to do it, I’d love to do it.”

“NMCSD’s Armed Services Blood Program Blood Donation Center Accepts COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma” (public domain) by Navy Medicine

Convalescent plasma therapy is where doctors collect plasma from donors who have recovered from coronavirus. This plasma is then given to patients who are still trying to recover. After the Food and Drug Administration has approved convalescent plasma therapy, it has been used all across the country as a treatment for the virus.

In August, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said that early trials of the plasma therapy had shown a 35% better chance of survival for “optimal patients.”

Potential plasma donors must have previously tested for coronavirus and have recovered from it. It is also required that they had no symptoms of the virus in the past two weeks.

President Trump Is Medication Free

During the “tele-visit” with Dr. Marc Siegel, President Trump stated that he is currently not taking any medications and is “medication free.” To quote, the President said, “Right now, I’m medication free… I’m not taking any medications as of probably eight hours ago. So, I’m medication free, which, frankly, makes me feel good. I don’t like medication.”

President Trump also revealed that at that time, when he checked into the Walter Reed Medical Center, he was not feeling good. He said he did not feel very strong. He also added that he experienced congestion in his lungs during his hospital stay. However, the President said that he feels better each day. The President also said that he did not experience difficulty breathing, although he was placed on supplemental oxygen. 

“A great display of love.”

There were criticisms thrown at President Trump for his act of briefly leaving Walter Reed on Sunday to wave at his supporters who gathered outside of the hospital.

The President addressed this by saying that he briefly left the hospital to wave at his supporters outside the hospital waiting for him. He said he was “very glad” that he did that act and noted that his Secret Service members were very protected.

The President further stated that after two days of his stay inside Walter Reed, he wanted to go outside and say hello to the people. So, he went to Secret Sevice to tell them of his intention to wave at the people outside. To which they replied with, ‘We have no problem, sir.’ I said, ‘I just want to take a drive-by them and just wave.'”

“It was a great display of love out there,” President Trump said. “I don’t think there was one negative person, and there were many, many, many people.”

President Trump left Walter Reed Hospital on Monday after staying three nights. He said that the experimental antibody cocktail by Regeneron made a huge difference in his recovery. 

On Thursday, Dr. Sean Conley, Physician to the President, stated that the President has already completed his treatment for COVID-19, and he is giving him a clearance to return to do his public duties. 

The President plans to resume his campaign events this week. In relation to this, he tweeted that he will be in Sanford, Florida, on Monday for a “very BIG RALLY.”